Happy Friday to you! As I've stated before, exercise is not my favorite thing. But even I have to admit, my symptoms are lessened the more active I am.
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With my psoriatic arthritis, I am a bit limited in my fitness routine. It will take a whole lot more weight training and muscle weight before I can attempt dance, again. So, I do what I can. Some of the things that work for me are:
1. Walking. I try to walk at least 30 minutes each day, non-consecutively. City living is great for this, because we get accidental exercise walking everywhere and climbing those stairs to the subway;
2. The elliptical trainer in the gym. I try to get one hour of cardio training on the elliptical every week. Really, this is not very much. I usually do only 20 minutes, three days per week;
3. Weight training in the gym. I try to get this in two days per week. I am always surprised that my lower body strength is better than I think. My upper body strength, however, is so low I sometimes cannot put any weights on the machine!; and
4. Yoga. This is my favorite. It is harder than it looks, but as my practice deepens, so does my reach in stretches. Not every yoga discipline is for everyone. Because of my tendency to heat exhaustion on Methotrexate, Bikram is out. Because I once dislocated my shoulder in a Vinyasa Flow class, that is out. I find that gentle Hatha yoga is best for me.
Disclaimer: Because I am often lazy I can be quite inconsistent with my fitness routine. In fact, I am just getting back into it, now.Also, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise routine.
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